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10 Queer Books with Black Main Characters for Black History Month

Graphic one of 2 for this post, entitled "10 Queer Books with Black Characters for Black History Month." This text has clipart of books next to it and is overlaid on stripes in the colors of the Philadelphia Pride Flag.
Graphic 2 of 2 for this post, showing ten book covers atop stripes in the colors of the Philadelphia Pride Flag. The ten books are: The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce, Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo DuValli, Sweethand by N. G. Peltier, When the Stars Alight by Camilla Andrew, Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland, The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope, You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi, The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, and Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro.

With February ending soon, Black History Month 2024 is approaching it’s end. Earlier this month, we shared 15 of our favorite queer books by Black authors. Basically all of the books on our first list have Black main characters, too, but that wasn’t enough – we wanted more. So we intentionally avoided overlap with that list when we made this one – 10 more queer books to celebrate Black characters, these all with Black main characters! (They may also have Black authors, we’re not saying they don’t, and in fact some authors overlap with the other list – we just wanted MOAR BOOKS.)

  1. The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged series) by Tamora Pierce
  2. Brooms by Jasmine Walls and Teo DuVall
  3. Sweethand (Island Bites series) by N. G. Peltier
  4. When The Stars Alight (The Essence of the Equinox series) by Camilla Andrew
  5. Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland
  6. The Monsters We Defy by Leslye Penelope
  7. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi
  8. The City We Became (Great Cities series) by N.K. Jemisin
  9. A Master of Djinn (The Dead Djinn Universe) by P. Djèlí Clark
  10. Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

What are your favorite queer books with Black main characters?

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You can view this list as a bookshelf on Goodreads! The Goodreads list also includes books from our other Black History Month list, and as with our other Goodreads shelves, we’ll continue to add to it as we add more queer books to our account.

Love reading queer books? Our Queer Book Challenge is running on Storygraph through the end of 2024. Come join us!

The contributors to this list are Nina Waters ( @unforth on Tumblr), Dei Walker ( @dei2dei on Tumblr), Adrian Harley ( @adrianharley on Tumblr) and an anonymous contributor.

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